31 August 2015 -- Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone, after the country had marked almost 3 weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first "ring vaccination" use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. The source of Ebola virus transmission is being investigated and all the people who may have been in contact with the infected person are being traced.
28 August 2015 -- Redemption Hospital is the only public health facility in the area and serves some 90 000 people. In August 2014, the hospital was at the centre of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It quickly became overwhelmed and, for a time, had to close its inpatient department. Now, the community and its health workers feel safer coming to the hospital since adequate infection, prevention and control measures are in place.
21 August 2015 -- Intense surveillance in Kambia, Sierra Leone, has revealed around 75% of deaths have been occurring in children under 5. Even though Ebola transmission was halted in Kambia last month, mothers still are afraid of Ebola and don’t take their young children to health centres. WHO epidemiologists are countering misperceptions to get mothers and their children back to the health centres and lower childhood mortality rates.
11 August 2015 -- The massive number of personnel deployed to the Ebola Virus Disease response in West Africa is faced with many risks. Since August 2014, WHO and partners have trained over 7000 of these health experts. The GO training is an example of pre-deployment training material developed "just-in-time" to train WHO staff, consultants and partners on the basic knowledge and skills to perform their work effectively and safely.
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